HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEK:
- Sorting letters and using Zero the Hero’s pet fish (who is a bit greedy and always wants to eat) to find the largest number (see image ----> )
- Come Count With Me - Thanks families for such an awesome turnout!
- Playing “Race to 50” with our Big Buddies (Zero the Hero brought us this game on Day 50)
- Playing FUZZ BUGS (new counting, sorting and comparing game on ABCYA.COM)
- Watching Tribal Visions Dance performance and learning about First Nations culture
- Printing our first capital letters D and P in our HWT books!
- Practicing printing our first names the “Grade 1 Way” (initial capital letter followed by lowercase)
- Reading more stories about expressing our feelings in appropriate ways (how to calm down from “Anger Mountain”, learning the difference between tattling and telling, being assertive when someone is bothering you and using our “TILT” or “WALK, TALK, SQUAWK” strategies
- Practicing our winter concert songs (please practice at home too :D)
- Starting our "Countdown to Christmas" class ornament advent tree
This week’s Jolly Phonics letter and sound is “Rr”. We will continue with “Frog Jump Capital letters” B and R. The kids have loved using the HWT song to reinforce that we start letters/numbers from the top. This week we will learn a new song about how to sit up straight in our chair when we print (using the song “Stomp Our Feet”). We will continue our morning routine of practicing printing our first names the “grade 1 way” (initial capital letter followed by lowercase letters) after we have finished putting away our belongings.
In Math Centers this week, we will review printing all numbers 1-10 for our scrapbooks, start our new Math journals, and play a dice game called, “Roll A Snowman”! In Art, we will be busy making some Winter-themed creations.
This week, we will review all of the topics and strategies we discussed in our Social Responsibility theme. The kids and I discussed that we will use TILT (Tell them to stop, Ignore, Leave the area, Tell an adult) most often because we have been working on using our words to solve problems. The students have learned that using an “assertive” voice, identifying feelings and the specific behaviour that bothers us, is very helpful when solving problems. If we walk away or ignore someone before we try to talk to them (as in the WITS and “WALK, TALK, SQUAWK” methods) then the other person may not realize his/her behaviour choices are bothering/hurting someone. Last week, we really worked on one of the final step to problem solving - TELL an adult/”SQUAWK”, differentiating between TATTLING and TELLING and knowing when each is necessary/not necessary. TELLING is HELPFUL - when we are trying to get someone OUT of trouble/danger. TATTLING is HURTFUL/HARMFUL - when we are trying to get someone IN trouble. We TELL when it is an emergency or a “right now” problem. TATTLING occurs with a "it can wait/not now" or it “doesn’t involve me” problem. We read Julia Cook book called, “A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue” in case you hear your child talking about a yellow and purple polka-dotted tongue! This week we will talk more about getting help and saying sorry if we were bothering someone.
Our class will begin practicing two songs for the holiday concert: “Colourful Mittens” and “Reindeer Hokey Pokey”. A copy of the lyrics home last week so you can work on them at home (The Colourful Mittens will be sung without music, so the kids can practice the lyrics with you at home and the tune with me at school ;) ).
To keep “costuming” simple, the kids and I are going to make paper Reindeer headbands. For clothing, our class will wear black pants/skirt/tights and a white or red shirt (please avoid logos - or turn the shirt inside out). Girls can wear a red or white party dress if they’d rather. Also keep safe footwear in mind, the kids will be walking up and down some metal stairs and bench-type risers independently so high-heeled party shoes can be dangerous.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP/REMINDERS:
- Practice our holiday songs at home (lyrics were sent home last week)
- Please send your child dressed for the weather
- Remember to label your child’s belongings
- Mrs. Shantz’s Gr.. 5/6 class is organizing a “Winter Bundles” care package drive (a small white piece of paper listing items they are looking for was taped to the Back and Forth Folder a few weeks ago). There is a collection box located at the front entrance of the school
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
Monday – Pro-D Day (No school)
Tuesday - Roots of Empathy visit with Baby Maisie!
– Complete and return the November Homework Calendar by today
Wednesday – Library with Ms. Bond
- P.E. with Mrs. Brkovic
- PAC A & W lunch
Thursday – P.E. with Mrs. Brkovic
Friday - P.E. with Mrs. Brkovic
- December 15th - Term 1 Report Cards sent home (please read and keep the paper report, then sign and return the envelope to school)
- Dec. 20 and 21st - Parkcrest Winter Concert (Primary and Intermediate classes have been divided up into 2 separate concerts to allow for more audience space and shorter concert times).
- 9:00am, Dec. 19th - Primary Concert Dress Rehearsal
- 9:00am, Dec. 20th - Primary concert in gym
- 1:05pm, Dec. 21st - Primary concert in gym
- Dec. 25 - Jan. 5th - WINTER BREAK (no school)
- School re-opens January 8th
See you tomorrow!